This lightened version of goulash features cubed pork tenderloin that is simmered in a mixture of tomato, onion, beer, and spices and served over egg noodles. The distinctive flavor of the stew comes from Hungarian wax chiles.
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds, crushed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups coarsely chopped onion
1 bacon slice, finely chopped
1 3/4 cups water, divided
1 cup chopped seeded tomato
1 tablespoon paprika
3/4 cup beer
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 Hungarian wax chiles, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
8 ounces uncooked egg noodles
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons sour cream
Chopped parsley (optional)
How to Make It
Place garlic in a small bowl; mash with the back of a spoon to form a paste. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, caraway seeds, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.
Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, and pork in a medium bowl; toss. Add pork to pan; sauté 6 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove pork from pan.
Reduce heat to medium-high; return pan to heat. Add onion and bacon; sauté 7 minutes or until bacon is done, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic mixture; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1 1/2 cups water, tomato, paprika, and beer; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in red pepper and chiles; simmer 15 minutes. Add pork to pan; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Combine remaining 1/4 cup water and flour in a small bowl; stir with a whisk. Stir flour mixture and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt into pork mixture. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Combine noodles and butter in a medium bowl, stirring until butter melts. Place 1 cup noodles in each of 4 shallow bowls; top with 1 cup pork mixture. Top each serving with about 2 teaspoons sour cream. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Excellent dish that is worth the time. Patience is key as the boiling and simmering bring out those excellent flavors. I could never find the Hungarian chilis so have used Jalapeno (without the seeds) instead. Very nice flavor! We have found the parsley is not needed. My teenages loved it - and their friends! Need to double the recipe though for a family of 4.
This was very good, though needed a lot of salt. I made this in the afternoon, up to the point where you add the flour mixture. Then about 1/2 before we were eating, I finished it up. Not too spicy, for I accidentally added crushed red pepper flakes instead of cayenne and I couldn't find Hungarian peppers, I wound up using frying peppers instead.. Still very good and served with the egg noodles and a nice red leaf salad.
One of my all-time favorite CL recipes, so far!! I had to use Anaheim chiles instead of the Hungarian ones (produce manager at the market had no clue what they were), so I think this turned out more mild than intended. I also used No Yolks noodles, canned tomatoes, and a bit of smoked paprika with the regular. Twelve pts but very filling and worth it!!